Thank you to all who attended the SFHA's Energy & Fuel Poverty Conference, presentations are now available to download.
The conference saw over 50 attendees come together to discuss the three major pieces of Scottish Government policy that will shape housing associations' work on energy efficiency and fuel poverty in the coming years; EESSH2, a new fuel poverty strategy and Scotlands Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP).
The event also featured examples of good practice and innovation including energy advice, retrofitting energy efficiency, district heating and smart energy grids.
Speakers & Biographies
Energy Action Scotland
Norman became Director of Energy Action Scotland in April 2005, having previously been Development Manager and Deputy Director since 1996. Prior to this he worked with Heatwise Glasgow for 12 years as Production Unit Manager with responsibility for delivering the organisation’s energy efficiency programmes.
Norman is Deputy Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Partnership Forum having previously been Deputy Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum and a member of the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group. Norman also sat on the Scottish Government’s Regulation of Energy Efficiency in the Private Sector (REEPS) Working Group.
He is Chairperson of ScottishPower’s Energy People Trust, a trustee of the Aberdeen Combined Heat and Power Company, a member of the NEA Executive Board and is an independent fuel poverty advisor to SSE. He is currently on the stakeholder engagement groups for both Distribution Network Operator companies (DNOs) in Scotland i.e. SP Energy Networks and Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks.
Norman was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016 for services to the Children’s Hearing System in Scotland and for voluntary and charitable work in Glasgow. Norman served 32 years in the Children’s Hearing system as a volunteer holding a number of posts at local and national levels before stepping down in June 2016.
Ian works with Energiesprong UK to develop the market for net zero energy retrofit and new build, adapting the Dutch Energiesprong approach for the UK market. He develops new opportunities with landlords and our partner organisations, and is leading early delivery projects. He is also Innovation Director at Regen, Chair of Plymouth Energy Community, an Energy Saving Trust Associate, and has his own consulting business. Ian has previously worked for Energy Saving Trust as Head of Delivery (England), local authorities and architects and has won an Ashden Award for sustainable energy innovation.
Energy Saving Trust
Mark joined the Energy Saving Trust in 2007 and works with a range of partners to boost delivery of Energy Company Obligation (ECO) activity in Scotland. He also supports local authorities and RSLs in attracting funding for and developing energy efficiency programmes.
Prior to that, Mark worked with East Lothian Council, initially managing insulation and heating installation/servicing programmes and later in a post developing affordable housing, encouraging sustainable design and preparing Local Housing Strategy approaches on energy efficiency and fuel poverty.
Prior to this Mark managed an Urban Aid project within Changeworks and worked in energy efficiency businesses in Dundee and Glasgow.
Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association
Donnie Mackay is the Energy Advice Services Manager at Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association (LSHA). LSHA have run an in-home energy advice service for all LSHA tenants and the wider community in Skye and Lochalsh since Summer 2010.
Ross Armstrong is Managing Director of Warmworks Scotland, with end-to-end responsibility for the Warmworks business, whose aim is to deliver the £224m Warmer Homes Scotland contract on behalf of the Scottish Government over the next seven years. Ross has worked in the energy efficiency arena for more than a decade in a variety of operational, corporate and strategic leadership roles, with a diverse range of experience having worked with a range of local and central Government customers, as well as private sector organisations and domestic customers in delivering more than £2bn of contract revenue.
Ross graduated from Durham University in 2003 with an MA in Modern History. He is personally committed to tackling fuel poverty and promoting social justice, and has worked as a campaigner on many issues in a personal capacity.
Ian has 14 years’ experience in a senior management role within Changeworks, moving from Head of Waste Prevention to Head of Consultancy in 2011. The ten strong multi disciplinary Consultancy Team has considerable expertise in building energy efficiency and retrofit, energy and financial modelling, fuel poverty and householder engagement with energy technologies. Ian leads on strategic development and operational efficiency within the team who are currently involved with the development of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and supporting our Programme Management team who manage SEEP Pathfinder and HEEPS:ABS Projects.
Away from work he is a committed cyclist who enjoys a beer.